This week I interview Nati Passow, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Jewish Farm School. Nati Passow has been a leader in the field of Jewish environmental education for over 10 years, was selected to the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36,” and was a recipient of the Joshua Venture Group Fellowship for Jewish Social Entrepreneurs. Under his direction, JFS was named by Slingshot as one of the most innovative Jewish organizations in North America for three years. Prior to forming Jewish Farm School, Nati ran an award-winning garden construction program for the Urban Nutrition Initiative in Philadelphia and led service–learning trips in the developing world for American Jewish World Service. Nati has studied sustainable building design and natural building and is a certified Permaculture designer, and holds a B.A. in Religion and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
We chat about his childhood, the book of Genesis as a road map for agriculture education, and why its so Jewish to work with our hands.
Intro music: What is My Lifespan, Noah Aronson, Someday, Michelle Citrin
Outro music: With My Own Two Hands, Ben Harper